REMATCH: Trump and Hillary trade jabs in Twitter skirmish

US President Donald Trump has said that his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 presidential election because "she was a bad candidate" but she still refuses to accept it.

Trump took issue with her assessment, reviving the "crooked" nickname he'd used against his rival during the presidential contest.

A top former DNC aide tweeted overnight that Clinton's allegations were "f---ing bulls---" and even suggested that the Clinton campaign ignored its warnings about how competitive Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were.

At Recode's Code Conference in California on Wednesday, the former Democratic presidential nominee was reflective, quick to crack jokes - and eager to cast blame.

Clinton said that in targeting voters online, she was at a disadvantage because the Republican Party provided Trump with an extensive database, through an organization called the Data Trust, that Democrats did not have.

Some of those people helping the Russians, she said, had access to "polling and data information". "And therefore I'm going to keep writing and keep talking and keep supporting people who are on the front lines of the resistance".

More than half (54 per cent) of those who want him impeached say it is because they believe he "has proven he is unfit to serve and should be removed from office, regardless of whether he committed an impeachable offense or not". But he seems to be saying that the DNC saw early in the general election what the Clinton campaign failed to really ever see.

"Look, I take responsibility for every decision I made", Clinton told the audience.

"He dumps that on me on October 28, and I immediately start falling", she said.

When asked who she believed guided the Russians, she said, "I am leaning Trump". "At some point it sort of bleeds into misogyny", she said. "Put me out of the equation, they've got to help prevent fake news from creating a new reality that does influence how people think of themselves, see the world, the decisions that they make".

Clinton should be inspiring women as a brilliant, empowering politician - she should not be teaching the graduating class that it is acceptable to publicly express your hatred for your winning opponent, even if you disagree with their views. "So I hope that we'll get enough information to be able to answer that question".

Trump was quick to slam Clinton for her comments.

He was referring to Clinton's assertions during her talk that false news about her was widely spread on Facebook, and that she was hamstrung because the Democratic Party did not have a sophisticated data operation, unlike the well-funded Republican Party data system.

And while Clinton has also blamed former FBI Director James Comey's letter announcing that he was reopening the case into Clinton's emails as a reason she dipped in the polls ahead of Election Day, she also said the top Google search in some key battleground states was "Wikileaks" as voting neared.

  • Leroy Wright